On the next day we went to Yorktown Victory Center. This was mostly about the war and battle at Yorktown. Collin was chosen to participate in the firing of a cannon, not the big cannon, but the small mortar launcher thing. Still, he was both thrilled and embarrassed to participate. The boys loved to see the BIG long rifle and had a chance to hold it. We learned about the cook, what he may have prepared and what he had to do to prepare food. We met the doctor and his somewhat primitive tools, even the skull drill to relieve pressure from a persons injured head.
We got to explore some sleeping quarters, tried on all the clothes and gear a soldiers would wear. The kids also learned of some punishments for those that did not follow the rules or laws. The day also included a tour of a nearby farm house and farm, where we learned about farming, preparing meats and spices in the kitchen, and the hot and open sleeping quarters in the attic of the house.
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On the next day we went to the Virginia Living Museum [ http://www.thevlm.org/ ]. This was a fun place. There were animals to see inside and outside and the opportunity to learn is everywhere. Outside there was a raised walking trail to see the animals in a natural setting. Some of the animals they had outside were injured in the wild and nurtured to health in their facilities.
Inside there were places to learn and explore including different rocks and bones to identify, animals to identify by fur and small sea creatures to see and touch. There were dinosaurs and ducks, sharks and stingrays. There were tortoises and sea turtles. And there was a child play/explore/learn area. It was a great day and we highly recommend it.
Below are just a few pictures from the collection of 230 we took this day.
Over spring break we took the family to Virginia and visited Jamestown, the Virginia Living Museum, Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia Air and Space Museum and long time friends Lisa and Scott Salisbury. The kids did get a bit tired and/or bored of all the colonial history stuff, but I think we did a good job of breaking that up with the other fun stuff and ending with a visit to the Salisbury’s was a real treat for the kids. Nearly 1,00 pictures later we made it back home.
Jamestown was first. It is split up between learning about the Indian culture and what their life was like. We explored their homes or huts, learned about what they hunted, what the farmed, how they made boats from trees and more. At the Jamestown settlement, we explored a few buildings and boats, learned about how they made tools, armor and their weapons. This was the first day and cool jacket weather.